Making The Best Silent PC Gaming Build of 2020 & 2021

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In this article, we’re going to show you our silent gaming PC build. You don’t need to live with cooling fans that sound like air turbines anymore! We’re going to show you our top picks to make a build with minimal noise that still offers awesome performance.

We’ll also share some of our knowledge with you in regards to quieter more efficient components. This way you can make your own decisions if you decide to build your own silent gaming PC or modify the build we provide.

How To Build A Quiet PC

Building a quiet PC is all in the components you choose, and we’re going to try and break it down for you so you don't get confused.

  • Don’t buy a hard drive - The differences between hard drives and solid state drives are numerous, but their most inherent difference is in moving parts. Hard drives have spinning disks which make noise, especially under load. SSDs have no moving parts whatsoever, and therefore don’t make any noise.
  • Liquid coolers may not be the best choice - While certain closed-loop solutions do excellent jobs of cooling CPUs and keeping temps at a minimum they may not be that quiet. Remember the coolers pump will always be running in your system and will only get louder as your CPU is put under load.
  • Buy a high-spec PSU - Power Supply Units are always important. Go too cheap and you’re going to get poor efficiency and excessive noise. What you’re looking for isn’t just raw wattage, but a high power efficiency level and great cooling profile so your PSU doesn’t get noisy on you.
  • The case matters more than ever - While the case may be an afterthought for all but the most aesthetically inclined, especially for budget builds, that isn’t the case here. You want large cases with great airflow and solid construction that keeps noise inside while still pushing heat out. Oddly, there are not a lot of cases like this out there, but fortunately for you, we found one of the best.

 

Those are the basics of what you need to know if you decide to build your own silent PC build. Continue onward to see what we came up with and deemed worthy of the “best” title. We’re sure that you’ll agree.

 

NOTE: Due to the ongoing effects of the global coronavirus pandemic, some retailers are experiencing stock issues. WePC constantly updates our pages to reflect current availability, so if the PC you want shows as out of stock, check back later or check out these alternatives.

The Best Quiet PC Gaming Build Update:

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
cpu

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

This high-end unlocked processor makes light work of gaming, rendering, and streaming!

Scythe Ninja 5 CPU Cooler
cooler

Scythe Ninja 5 CPU Cooler

One of the quietest(and biggest) fan coolers on the market! icy silence.

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Super Windforce OC
gpu

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Super Windforce OC

A large, high-end GPU with excellent cooling.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3600MHz RAM
ram

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3600MHz RAM

A suitable amount of fast RAM.

Sabrent 1TB Rocket PCIe 4.0 M.2
ssd

Sabrent 1TB Rocket PCIe 4.0 M.2

One terabyte of blistering high-speed storage.

Seasonic FOCUS GM-750
psu

Seasonic FOCUS GM-750

A high-power, high-quality power supply that generates little heat or noise.

Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)
mobo

Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

A durable motherboard that keeps on performing.

Fractal Design Define 7
case

Fractal Design Define 7

A large mid tower case with a savvy layout and quality construction.

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Build Details

First, let’s define “best”. Best performance? Best value? Best noise level?

We obviously placed a special priority on noise level since that is sort of what this whole article is about, but we tried to go for a bit of all three. After all, no one wants a silent machine that can’t do much. This is a very high-end machine that will stay cool and quiet without compromising on performance. If you follow our part list, you should come out the other side with a near-silent gaming PC able to trade blows with the best of them.

Let’s dive in.

cpu
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

    AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is one of the best CPUs on the market. This processer gives PC builders a shed load of extra power while being priced similarly to Intel’s i9-10900K.

This 5000-series processor knocked Intel off the top spot, with better efficiency and performance, and the extra cores/threads you get with the 5900X make this a steal. With the 5900X, it doesn’t matter if you stream, render videos or just want to game, this CPU will provide seriously high performance across the board for your different tasks. 

This AMD chip boasts 12 cores and 24 threads, making this a very capable CPU in general. the multi-threaded power of this processor makes it ideal for heavy-duty tasks and it will future proof your setup for years to come.

The 5900X is a great CPU and with overclocking potential thrown in too, you are in for a treat.

cooler
  • Scythe Ninja 5 CPU Cooler

    Scythe Ninja 5 CPU Cooler

This CPU cooler may not have shown up on our best CPU cooler list but that is simply because silent operation was not a priority before. This cooler has a monstrous heatsink and does a fine job of cooling your CPU but it manages to do this while only producing a max noise of 14.5dBa! There were liquid cooling solutions that would probably shave off an extra few degrees on your temps and if you want to compromise on noise levels then feel free to install an AIO but you can rest assured this cooler will do the job you need. Along with the heatsink, there are 6 heat pipes distributing heat pretty evenly and 2 x PWM fans to push that heat away from your motherboard.

A cheap, efficient, and quiet cooling solution.

gpu
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Super Windforce OC

    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Super Windforce OC

The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Super Windforce OC GPU is renowned for its cooling, and are perhaps one of the better-cooled GPUs out there. This is kitted out with dual HDB fans that offer higher performance cooling and much quieter acoustic noise, so ideal for the best silent gaming PC. The build quality, as always, is top-notch and the overall design is more subtle compared to most AIB graphics cards. The Gigabyte cooling design combined with the RTX 2080 Super ensures that you’ll be able to annihilate any task or game thrown at you, regardless of settings. 

ram
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3600MHz RAM

    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3600MHz RAM

RAM doesn’t make any noise! It also doesn’t really generate much heat either. There truly isn’t much to say about this. We simply decided upon 16GB of high-quality fast RAM as you don’t want to be left short with a build like this one. For less than $100 you arguably get some of the best RAM for performance capable of running at 3600MHz. That’s a bargain and from a manufacturer you can trust.

ssd
  • Sabrent 1TB Rocket PCIe 4.0 M.2

    Sabrent 1TB Rocket PCIe 4.0 M.2

As we alluded to earlier, an SSD is a requirement with this build and not an option. You would normally expect to see a smaller m.2 solution recommended with a large HDD for your media but HDDs can produce excessive amounts of unwanted noise and they are slower! This PCIe 4.0 M2 not only provides some of the fastest storage speeds but also in-turn offers excellent value. We also opted for an M.2 version, so you won’t need to worry about mounting any 2.5 drives.

psu
  • Seasonic FOCUS GM-750

    Seasonic FOCUS GM-750

This 750W PSU is more than enough power this build, in fact, it is overkill but we have added this headroom to make sure the stress on your system is kept as low as possible which in turn keeps the noise down. This is an 80+ Gold certified PSU, which pretty much means that it will only consume the amount of power that is needed and no more. This results in less excess heat released into the case, and less power required which again will keep that noise down. You are also getting Seasonic’s excellent build quality, which means this is a PSU you can trust with a lengthy warranty. This whisper-quiet PSU is perfect and it comes fully modular for an easier installation.

mobo
  • Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

    Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

Motherboards don’t really have an impact on in-game FPS or sound, however, the features of a motherboard still matter. This Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) motherboard uses the AM4 chipset and enables CPU overclocking but you may not want to do this with a silent PC. The X570-Plus has some great features, making this board more efficient and efficiency is what we want with a silent build! Aside from that, it’s a full-sized ATX motherboard with great components, supports PCIe 4.0, excellent VRMs, Wi-Fi, and m.2 heatsinks, further reducing temps. A great motherboard!

case
  • Fractal Design Define 7

    Fractal Design Define 7

Last but certainly not least is the case. The Fractal Design Define 7 is one quiet cooling master. Whatever excess noise may be created by the few components in this build should be easily absorbed by this chassis. Its great airflow also means that your parts are being kept cool in a very efficient manner. That being said, make sure you don’t change to the window version. You’ll lose some of your sound insulation by replacing the side panel with a windowed panel. It’ll look nicer, sure, but you may actually pick up some noise.

Understanding Computer Noise

With quiet PCs, it's important to figure out the noise levels from your components. We define this with the international standard of dB (decibels).

There are several elements to consider when it comes to noise from your components as there are a few that can impact the level quite a bit.

  • CPU Cooling - The latest gen CPUs consume a lot of power, sometimes up to 140W. This high amount of power requires adequate cooling. Whether you go for air or liquid cooler you are benefiting from a cooler less stressed component which will produce less noise when operating. This is particularly true for an overclocked CPU, as these consume even more power so need more effective cooling to prevent overheating. A high amount of heat will bring more noise to your system so be careful.
  • GPU - Graphics a power-hungry component in modern PC's consuming a high amount of watts. The GTX/RTX cards are the most popular and the standard cooler used by most PC manufacturers can produce as much as 41dB when gaming. With this in mind, we selected the Asus ROG Strix card as it showed relatively lower noise levels compared to its rivals and it just so happens to be the best RTX 2080 TI card.
  • SSD - We have opted for an M.2 drive in this build simply because they are an improvement on your standard SSD's but also offer zero noise output! HDDs often run with fast RPMs and can make an increased amount of noise when reading/writing so we have avoided one altogether.
  • PSU - A high-quality PSU will make your system quieter. This is largely down to the fact the more expensive the PSU the higher the efficiency rating(Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium) and thus consume less electricity and so are easier to keep cool. Some PSUs also feature intelligent fan control that means the fan only starts spinning up when the PSU is under heavy load, they sometimes have a mode called zero RPM which will basically mean the fan won't spin until required.
  • Case - The case will normally be your source of good airflow, cable management, and space but when it comes to a silent PC you need a case that does a bit more than this. Cases like the one we recommend here are built with quietness in mind so you can rest assured this will block out any remaining noise from your components.

For the ultimate silent setup you may also wish to replace the fans in the case for quieter ones but this isn't a major requirement. Have a look at our best case fan options and decide if you would like to go down an even quieter route.

 

 

Too Expensive? Here’s What You Can Change

If all you want is an awesome quiet PC, then we think we’ve already given that to you. This build does come in at quite a high price point (around $2,900 for those less inclined to do the maths), so we understand if you have considered downgrading this a little bit while still keeping things quiet and cool.

Here’s what you can replace. If it isn’t on this list, don’t touch it:

  • RAM - A downgrade to speeds of 3000MHz RAM shouldn’t hurt this build too much, and will save you a little bit of money if you so wished.
  • GPU - Stick with ROG Strix for the quiet operation, but a huge money saver on this build would be a downgrade to the none TI version of the card. If this is still too much you can see some alternative options from our best GPU picks.
  • SSD - As long as it’s an SSD, you can use whatever you like. Just make sure it’s an SSD. We think we’ve made a really great value pick here, though, and don’t recommend replacing it since its 2TB but you could add a high-quality SATA SSD for extra storage if you so wished.

Calculating The PSU Wattage

Making sure your PSU provides the correct amount of wattage to your custom build PC is an essential part of the build process. For that reason, we've created a handy PSU calculator which will work out exactly what PSU wattage your components require - no matter how many changes you make.

Closing Thoughts

And that’s it!

Using a combination of high-end components made to run quietly, an excellent case to house them all, and just a little bit of intuition, we’ve created what we consider to be the best silent gaming PC build. If this was out of budget and you are looking for a cheaper system why not check out our $2000 build and see if there are any tweaks to get the price down.

Comment below and let us know: do you have any questions or concerns? Is there anything you’d change? We want to hear from you! (But not your PCs; keep those things quiet!)

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31 Comments

  1. Avatar Jeff says:

    This needs an update the prices are much higher. Just the graphics card is $1913 on Amazon.

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Yea Amazon pricing is a bit crazy right now. We will be looking at all builds to make sure they’re the best they can be on a daily basis.

  2. Avatar KJ says:

    Hello! Looks like a super build and I’ve now added all components to my watchlist (waiting for the current global situation to resolve a little…!)

    As it’s been years since I build a machine, could you alert me to any other components I may need (thermal paste, cables etc.) which aren’t included in the list above?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      No cables are required. Everything will come with the components, as far as Thermal paste is concerned, I’d recommend going for Arctic MX4 or Silver 5. Both solid pastes.

      1. Avatar KJ says:

        Thanks Charlie – I shall now twiddle my thumbs until the current situation has blown over before I start buying!

      2. Avatar KJ says:

        Is there a reason the Define 7 has replaced the R5 (or was it R6?) in the component list? Is the 7 better?

        1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

          Hi KJ, I believe it was down to stock issues. The performance between the R5 and Define 7 are fairly similar when it comes to output. It’s a nice replacement.

          1. Avatar KJ says:

            Thanks Charlie – if money is no object, and all were available, which would you choose between R5, R6 and the 7 for quietest operation?

            1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

              I’d probably go for the Define 7 with some aftermarket fans for additional airflow. Hope this helps.

              1. Avatar KJ says:

                Thanks!

                Sorry to keep asking questions, but any quiet fans you would recommend?

                I promise I’ll shut up eventually…!

                1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

                  haha don’t worry about it KJ, we’re here to help mate!
                  Depending on your budget, I’d go for a Noctua or maybe the Cooler Master Silencio 120mm – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QNDL4C6?tag=wepcus-20
                  Hope this helps!

  3. Avatar Marc says:

    Is this build still considered the end-all? I see the article has been updated earlier this month, but I don’t see any changes to the build.

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Marc, Thanks for taking the time to reply.
      The components in this build are still very relevant, offering an extremely quiet experience for the most part. I would recommend maybe investing in a slightly more powerful PSU, 850-1000W if you can afford it.

  4. Avatar Leon says:

    Why do you replace the Z390 UD in GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO WI-FI?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Leon, thanks for the comment.
      We wanted to include Wi-Fi in the build and give you the option for increasing RAM speeds in the future as this board supports a higher overclock. For the little extra cost, you basically get more features.

  5. Avatar Shuyu says:

    I just built my new PC based on this list with some changes:

    *Fractal Design Define R5 Gaming Case Cases FDCADEFR5BK
    * Intel Core i9-9900K
    * Scythe Ninja 5 120mm Air CPU Cooler, Tower Heatsink with 6 Heat pipes
    * ARCTIC MX-4 – Thermal Compound Paste For Coolers
    * Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming Motherboard LGA1151
    * Corsair LPX 32GB (2x16GB) 3200MHz C16 DDR4 DRAM Memory Kit
    * ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super Overclocked 8G GDDR6 Dual-Fan EVO Edition
    * CORSAIR RMX Series, RM750x, 750 Watt, 80+ Gold Certified
    * Samsung 970 EVO 1TB SSD (MZ-V7E1T0BW) NVMe M.2

    There are two more Scythe Kaze Flex 120mm Quiet Case Fan 3-Pin 800RPM on the way. I will have see to add or replace the case fan base on the noise level I get from the build. But so far, it is very quiet.

    I change the Motherboard, RAM, and SSD, but those aren’t really the sound sources. So the essential cooling system is the same as this list above. Thanks for the help, WePC.

    1. Avatar KJ says:

      Any idea on the decibels you’re getting at load? (I’ve been using a free decibel meter app on my phone recently – my laptop is around 55db!)

  6. Avatar sunny says:

    What’s the difference in performance between the Ti and non-Ti versions of the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080? The price difference is pretty substantial.

  7. Avatar Michael says:

    Thank you for the build! What is the recommendet GPU here? The “Asus ROG Strix” or the “EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC2” (which has 2 only fans by the way)? You are mixing them in this article…

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Michael, we have replaced the ROG Strix with the EVGA as the ROG Strix was not in stock. We will be replacing it with the ROG Strix once it becomes available again. They’re both excellent, high performing cards. We just feel the ROG has slightly better cooling when under stress.
      I hope this helps.

  8. Avatar Thomas says:

    Would there be any downside or upside to going with the ROG Strix motherboard as well?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      There would certainly be an upside. The ROG STRIX range will showcase better RGB, have better-overclocking potential, and overall is a better motherboard.

    2. Avatar Leon says:

      When will you make a significant change to this PC build?
      This build been unchanged for a long time

  9. Avatar HarmonyBoss says:

    does this build have thunderbolt 3 or is this case just USB-noob?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      It has USB Type-c if that takes your fancy?

  10. Avatar HarmonyBoss says:

    so uhhhh iApple PC noob here. how do I build it?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Jog on over to our How to build a gaming PC page. It will walk you through exactly how to build this one.
      https://www.wepc.com/how-to/build-a-gaming-pc/

  11. Avatar James says:

    What do you think about this build with a Ryzen 5?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Are you referring to the Ryzen 3rd Gen CPUs?

  12. Avatar Sankul says:

    Fascinating build, Ben. Thank you for all the hard work. Will give this a shot.

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Thanks, Sankul for the kind words, let us know how you get on!

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